This is a terrific madcap adventure story, boasting humour, exciting action scenes and, for a kung fu fantasy, a reasonably logical story. The performances are powerful and physically impressive. The special effects are admittedly cheap, but a lot of imagination has gone into them, and overall, the visuals have a theatrical grandeur that more than compensates.
The tone is light; the action moves at a frantic pace, and the story even boasts a few surprises. Ideal entertainment for fantasy lovers, Star Wars fans with intellectual leanings, or for anyone (like me) who feels they'd enjoy kung fu films if only they made a bit more sense.
DVD extras include interviews, two trailers, and fascinatingly, scenes created for the international version, Zu: Time Warriors, which framed the original story as a coma-induced delusion suffered by a modern-day fencing champion. It's hard to believe they found a way to make this story even more bizarre, but they did...